Bente Consulting ApS is a minor woman-led Danish consultancy company (VAT registration no. 33352956) operating since November 2010 in the area of civil society, human rights and development planning. The company offers services in the full project/program management cycle from baseline and feasibility studies, strategy development, project/program design and formulation, appraisals, reviews and evaluations, as well as monitoring, thematic evaluation studies and learning assignments; organizational capacity assessments; development of toolkits; and process facilitation.
Working in a participatory and inclusive way is a company trademark, putting the client and the research object in focus by active engagement and open communication. Although small, the company operates with an extensive network of professional contacts in Europe, Africa and Asia, including formal arrangements with e.g. FCG Sweden, NIRAS International, COWI A/S, ITAD, and Altair Asesores Spain. The network also counts collaboration with a wide range of smaller and medium-sized agencies and individual consultants in Scandinavia and African countries, e.g. Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, as well as India, Myanmar and Egypt. In addition to the main focus on East and Southern Africa, the company has undertaken several assignments in Asia, West Africa, the MENA region, East Europe, the Balkans and Latin America. Working languages are English, Portuguese, French and Scandinavian languages.
The company’s main areas of experience are related to human rights in the broader sense with specific focus on civil society, democracy and governance; civil, political and labour rights; women and gender rights; youth engagement; sexual and reproductive health rights; disability rights; and land tenure rights; as well as market system development and financial inclusion. In addition, the company has substantial experience in rural development and sector planning in health, education and environment, as well as assessment of funding mechanisms.
The company’s client portfolio counts multiple donor agencies, e.g. Danida, Sida, Norad, FCDO (former DFID), SDC, ADA, UN agencies and the World Bank, as well as a number of national and international NGOs, e.g. ActionAid, WeEffect, Financial Sector Deepening Africa/Zambia/Mozambique, and Scandinavian trade union organizations.